Imagination is the name of the game this weekend and we know your little dreamers have big ones. Create magical potions in a garden, go into superhero training, walk the red carpet like a movie star, or have a sleepover with dinosaurs. So let your imagination lead the way and we’ll provide the fun!
Photo: Potions and Pumpkins at the Mckittrick Hotel
Superheroes in Gotham Opening Weekend
Calling all superheroes! Answer the call and bring your super powers to this weekend of programs for junior heroes. Kids will design and wear their own wrist cuffs—will yours deflect lasers? Help you fly? Shoot webs? Get ready to defeat a super villain by joining the superhero training sessions, where participants will practice their defending and attacking skills! Then kids can decorate a super plane and fly it through the New York skyline. And don’t forget to get your picture taken with the one and only Batmobile! Fri.-Sun. Upper West Side. $20/person; children 13 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Pack a Sleeping Bag for a Night at the Museum
Take your little ones on an adventure just like they’ve seen in the movies. This sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History is worth the splurge. When the doors close and the lights dim for the night, you will just be beginning your adventure. Use flashlights to make your way through exhibits, visit T. rex, watch a 3-D movie and sleep under the giant blue whale. Evening snacks and a light breakfast will be served. Must call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to reserve a spot. Fri. 5:45 p.m.- Sat. 9 a.m. Upper West Side. $145/person; $135/member. All ages. Event details.
Red Carpet Kids Drop Off
Your little movie stars will walk the red carpet, make their own accessories from hats to jewelry and party like A-list celebrities, all while you enjoy a few hours off, so plan your own party. While you’re out wining and dining, your little ones will be having their own tasty dinner and dessert, so all you will need to do tuck those exhausted movie stars into bed when you get home. Fri. 5-8 p.m. Upper East Side. $75/first child; $60/sibling. Ages 2.5-8. Event details.
Glow in the Dark Yoga
Your kids are New Yorkers, so they have most likely tried a yoga class at this point, but how about a glow-in-the-dark pajama class? Throw on your best pj’s, make sure to pick a set that has white and/or neon for exra glowability, and hit this evening yoga class filled with fun moves and games. Wrap up the evening with milk and cookies. Pre-registration is required, call (646) 638-1444. Fri. 6:30-8 p.m. Chelsea. $30/child. Ages 4-8. Event details.
Potions and Pumpkins
Bring your imaginations because Gallow Green is no ordinary garden and this will be no ordinary experience. Be prepared for an enchanting day of planting and potion making at this rooftop garden. Your little ones can bring along their favorite doll or teddy bear to assist them, as well as their own recyclable bottle to create a magical potion to bring home. All potion masters, as well as their assistants (who will have their own miniature seats), will enjoy tea, lemonade and snacks. Sat. 10 a.m. Chelsea. $25/person. Ages 6-11. Event details.
Children’s Harvest Festival
This festival is all about the kiddies. Your little ones can decorate their own free kid-size pumpkins with fun supplies, get crafty with seasonal autumn projects, and even play in piles of leaves and roll off big bales of straw, a huge treat for city kids! Plus entertainment sponsored by the New York Public Library. Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. All ages. Event details.
Luna Park Dog Parade
Who says only kids should dress up for Halloween? Bring your furry sidekicks to this parade just for dogs and let them strut their stuff. Your kiddos can even dress up with their best buds and march along side. Don’t have a dog? Your little ones will love watching this parade of doggies make their way through the park. Hang out before or after to enjoy the rides and annual Harvest Festival. You must register to bring your dog into Luna Park. Sun. Noon. Coney Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bake a Pie in the Park
Take a walk through the park, work up an appetite, and then head to the Lefferts Historic House to get to work making a tasty treat. You and your kiddos will work together to bake a fresh apple pie on the wood burning hearth and then enjoy the results. Make a day of it and show up early to take a spin on the carousel or visit with some animals at the zoo. Reservations are required, call (718) 789- 2822 x 304 or register online. Sun. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Prospect Park. $10/person; $30/family of four. Ages 7 and up. Event details.
Harvest Time Jam
It’s harvest time, so go and smash and stir this season’s fruit into yummy batch of homemade jam. Don’t forget that creativity can get messy, so be sure to dress your little harvesters in old clothing that can get dirty. Make a day of it and explore all the New York Hall of Science has to offer including an entire area dedicated to preschool aged kids where your little ones can make music and play with trains. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Flushing. $8/family (must also pay museum admission). Age 18 mos. and up. Event details.
Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival
Hit up this fun festival to hunt for the perfect pumpkin, take a spin on the Carousel for All Children and enjoy crafts and games. As if that’s not enough, your little ones can also enjoy a puppet show put on by Central Park’s Swedish Marionette Theatre. Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Greenbelt. Free. All ages. Event details.
Where will your imagination take your family this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.